Hiyashi Chuka with Somen Noodles

All praises due to Maki over at Just Bento.   I have made this refreshing bowl of noodles many times and it works as well for guests as for family.   Consider offering a small amount in a large bowl for an appetizer or a large amount in a large bowl as a main course.  The dressing is primo!

I started with 2 bundles of somen noodles; notice my new basket I bought at Kioko in Paris.  This is enough for 4 main courses or about 6 appetizers.

I boiled the noodles for 3 minutes, drained them and then washed them for a really long time in cold water to remove all the starch.  When you have washed them enough, they don’t stick together and have a squeaky-like feel.  See here for washing technique http://www.justhungry.com/basics-cold-soba-noodles-dipping-sauce

I then cut up a variety of toppings.

I made a tamagoyaki (see video) and sliced it thin.

I love doing this!

Chilled noodles

Hiyashi chuka

Hiyashi Chuka with Somen Noodles – Inspired by Maki from Just Bento

2 bundles of somen noodles, cooked, rinsed and chilled

For dressing:

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp water

1/4 tsp dashi granules

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp wild sesame seed ground into a paste

Heat over medium heat to dissolve sugar and blend.  Allow to cool.

Toppings:

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

1 small tomato, seeded and cut into strips

1 cup tiny cooked shrimp

1 cup smoked chicken strips

Pickled ginger

For tamagoyaki omelet

2 eggs
1 tablespoons mirin
1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoons dashi powder

Mix together, cook (see above) and cut thin

Divide the noodles into bowls, add toppings and pass the dressing.

hiyashi chuka on Foodista

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An American living in Burgundy, France
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2 Responses to Hiyashi Chuka with Somen Noodles

  1. Peggy Schpok says:

    Your photos are lovely, and now you’ve added video. I’m very impressed.

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